Sorcerous Spyglass


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare

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Sorcerous Spyglass


As Sorcerous Spyglass enters the battlefield, look at an opponent's hand, then choose any card name.

Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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Sorcerous Spyglass Discussion

moulcarve on Grave Robbing 101

16 hours ago

Lordrain1922, thanks for the feedback. I've been considering splashing green so that I could cast Darigaaz Reincarnated and Verdant Force if I need to, also green would give me access to a lot more enchantment removal, like Naturalize or Broken Bond to take care of Ixalan's Binding to take care of Ixalan's Binding. Alternatively i could run some graveyard recursion like Rise from the Grave or Boneyard Parley to get return Whisper, Blood Liturgist or any of the big creatures back, then even if they do use Ixalan's Binding I would still have a way to get Whisper, Blood Liturgist, and I could always just sideboard in Smelt or Goblin Trashmaster if they use Sorcerous Spyglass.

andriygoblin on Tezzeret, Master of Djinns

3 days ago

Thanks for the suggestion, but you are trying to suggest to turn my deck into what it already evolved from, since I had it like that before. Current version outperforms the one you are offering and some of the cards you have suggested are underperforming major in this deck either by slowing it down or ruining its purpose. As an example, River's Rebuke is slowing down the deck way too much and currently the goal of this deck is to be very fast as the matchups demand that. Much better choice is Sleep which does very similar and serves as an awesome finisher debilitating any fliers for next two turns. Also 2 Sorcerous Spyglass and Silent Gravestone is redundant, and one is more than enough. BTW the latter one does not counter God-Pharaoh's Gift since it doesn't target. As for the Admiral's Order I agree that it is a very nice card but when I used it I often found it being unnecessary since I usually have open mana for a Negate (which I would rather have in hand). I have been playing this deck for good 7 months and it has been earning me many major wins in my LGS consistently. Sideboard is something that is at its peak currently and I'm not to change it until new set is released. Also Sideboard is more of a preference and depends on what decks you play against the most; my friends at LGS are playing specific decks and thus it works out for me, but it might not be the same for you. I am more liquid towards changing mainboard if I see good suggestions. Thanks for your suggestions though.


Zappter on Tezzeret, Master of Djinns

3 days ago

I think your Sideboard is a little not consistent with a deck idea. We have to beat down our opponent very quickly and we have to stick to this plan. I was playing very similar deck based on Favorable Winds, so I guess we can use this same list of cards but with a little changes.

2x Blink of an Eye and 2x Unsummon - I was playing those in my Main Deck because the are allow us to go through enemy lines getting rid of scary, big flyers or opponent's bombs. You are playing 4x Dive Down instead of upper spells because of Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp and Tempest Djinn.

3x Admiral's Order - Great card against Mass Removal like Settle the Wreckage or other Instant Speed Removals because we are paying 1 Blue Mana instead of 3 Mana after our attack declaration. Still a 3 mana Couter Spell for something bad.

2x Silent Gravestone - Because Gifts and Zombies decks.

2x Sorcerous Spyglass - Planeswalkers and Combo pieces.

3x Negate - Against Control Matchups.

1x River's Rebuke - It may be useful and "Save a Game".

I hope I helped somehow :)

watching on Almost lands

3 days ago

i'd take out Crucible of Worlds and Wayward Swordtooth for two The Mending of Dominaria and add Vraska's Contempt, too, and switch Grow from the Ashes for Spring // mind
My list is quite similar and doesn't have Llanowar Elves, i don't think they're needed in this deck.

side Carnage Tyrant, Sorcerous Spyglass (against Scavenger Grounds / The Scarab God / any planeswalker / vehicles)

APPLE01DOJ on Mono Black Something Or Other

6 days ago

please keep in mind that this is a troll deck, not a serious build.

that being said...

Memoricide doesn't require a copy of the card to already be in the graveyard, allowing for better options against combo decks. So I can just name Polymorph or Grapeshot, without having to initially deal with a copy of the card.

Sorcerous Spyglass gives the benefit of seeing what is in the opponents hand. Pithing Needle you could name something that they may never draw.

Ensnaring Bridge is actually fairly good against boggles, so is Smallpox.

Poaralion on Artifacts of War

1 week ago

Oh yes, Sorcerous Spyglass can be awesome in your deck. I think you could easily mainboard it to spy your op hand and shut down some powerfull stuffs.

I'm a bit afraid of the 4 Essence Scatter in the side. I really like to have access to some Negate when I play blue.

Also I would love to see Sai, Master Thopterist in action from your maybeboard, but I don't think you deck get enough value out of it.

ArchonBlue on Mono Black Something Or Other

1 week ago

Lol. I like how you mixed in land destruction here. I do have a few questions like such as, why Memoricide over Extirpate or Sorcerous Spyglass over Pithing Needle? Also, it seems like the only way you have to remove permanents that resolve is by ulting Liliana, which isn't going to happen until at least Turn 5. Finally, I feel like with Bogles being a thing in Modern this deck needs some way to deal with a Turn 0 Leyline of Sanctity, and I really don't see any way for you to do that in the current build.

DarthVirulence on Artifacts of War

1 week ago

Hey! Thanks a bunch for the feedback!

I've pulled Karn's Temporal Sundering, Magistrate's Scepter and both Urza’s Tome and Arcane Encyclopedia to put some Blink of an Eye in place.

I WILL be adding Tezzeret, Artifice Master as soon as I can get my hands on one.

As for my sideboard, I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment. Unwind doesn't fit.

I'm looking to add Sorcerous Spyglass to the deck to give me some idea of what an opponent has coming and for a cheap artifact. Should a game go on a while, a Helm of the Host + Skilled Animator combination would allow me to investigate an opponents' hand every turn AND stop various abilities from being cast.

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